The time to refresh our gardens around the house has come and you will be well prepared with these fantastic landscaping ideas to get the most out of it!
The surrounding gardens are the first thing that welcomes us and our guests so we need to dedicate special time and attention to make them beautiful and attractive.
When forming this part of the yard, there is one general rule – you can use anything you like and you want to show it to the rest of the world. And don’t worry, landscaping is not the only thing that designers can do.
There are plenty of DIY landscaping ideas that give much inspiration and enough information to make it possible for every home to get the needed curb appeal.
So prepare to get messy but creative for that part of the home which requires the most care. These landscaping design ideas will help you boost your curb appeal instantly.
Plants may not be many but they must be decorative throughout the whole year or consecutively enter in their blooming phase.
We have gathered the greatest ideas for landscaping around the house – blooming flowers, evergreen plants, rock gardens, cascades and many more. Some of the ideas show the horizontal type of plant arrangement, others- vertical landscaping.
This garden is appropriate to edge a more irregular shape from the house outline, as a corner sector for example, as most of the planted flowers make large green tufts that will be able to overwhelm the ground area.
Hydrangea, Impatiens walleriana, Thuja, Hosta ‘Montana Aureomarginata’ are all perfect for edging a yard as those ones that get out of their blooming phase remain green till the end of summer.
Conifer bushes and trees make the perfect landscape around the house as their maintenance is very easy. The front row consists of bushes, the back row is outlined with trees.
Decorative conifer species are highly varied in size and color – from almost white spines, through nuances of grey, blue, green and yellow, to bronze.
Planting these decorative species in your backyard will improve the curb appeal of your home and will create the impression of a well-maintained and at the same time simple backyard all year long.
Ground plants like different evergreen bushes can be complemented by flower pots if the entry to the house has wide stairs as in the photo above or in case that you are having a small yard that doesn’t allow planting of all the flowers you would like to.
This is a simple landscaping idea that will add a variety of colors thanks to the blooming potted plants. The garden around the house will look like a floral cascade that welcomes everyone with its aroma and colors.
Palm trees and plants and other decorative leaf bushes are perfect for green landscaping as their leaf mass is rich and can take up a lot of the yard space.
Taking care of them is not difficult, however, you should provide enough water, fertilizer and partial shade for their good shape. They look particularly well and feel comfortable when outlined with large rocks, pebbles and pea gravel.
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For those of you who would like to make an edging garden around their house that will last for many years and the maintenance will be low, here is a simple landscaping idea with evergreen shrubs- the perfect small tree.
Cherry laurel, “Manhattan” Euonymus, Viburnum, Boxwood are all perfect for landscaping around the house because of the easy grow tendency and because they are pretty resistant. Most of them can also be shaped and enhance the curb appeal to a level that screams “elegance”.
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This landscaping idea combines different types of plants. The thought behind this backyard design is to have greenery left after the blooming flowers get out of their best phase.
Most of these flowers can be also grown as potted plants but planting them in the ground gives them the space to develop to their optimal condition.
The plants are arranged in a way to provide them with the light each needs – this is why the smaller ones are in front, the larger tufts behind. The evergreen shrubs are closest to the house wall as their nature is more or less unpretentious.
This curved garden is very artistic as it combines different types of plants and decorative white gravel and woodchips.
The ground of the front garden is planted with blooming flowers, Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana, which although typically an indoor plant, may give a colorful mood to the landscaping around the house. The top of the soil is covered with woodchips to conserve the water and thus hydrate the flowers.
The back curved row is planted with globe conifers that will become larger balls in the time. Their soil is covered with white gravel to provide contrast and drainage.
Royal gardens always impress with arrangement and variety. This is why the garden around the house above reminds us of that.
If you want an aristocratic garden around your house, you must thoughtfully pick up the right plants and prepare the ground for them.
As you see, each garden is distinguished from the rye grass by leaving the soil clean from any grass. If you don’t have the time to mow the lawn and keep it that neat, it may be a clever idea to use artificial grass instead.
The way this garden is arranged leaves a walkway in between the decorative plants to let the people easily find the way in this house and enjoy the elegance of the outdoor space.
You can combine decorative leaf shrubs with short blooming bushes and shaped evergreen bushes.
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This butterfly garden is a landscape masterpiece. The blooming colorful flowers are thickly planted to create continuous tufts. Furthermore, they are divided by color although from the same species.
Here and there they are accompanied by decorative leaf plants and evergreen conifer trees to form green lands among the blossoms. It’s a perfect flower bed idea. This garden design makes gorgeous contrast with the grass turning it into a walkway to the porch.
Another great idea for landscaping is making a rock garden where a small shop-made or DIY fountain can pour water out gently.
The rest of the garden is covered in woodchips to mulch the soil for the various plants growing there. Agave americana, Hypericum calycinum, Dahlia and a decorative globe tree are the chosen species to beautify the rest of the garden.
The shape of this garden bed is traced by paving stones but it won’t be difficult to recreate it also in the backyard on grass ground.
The vertical landscaping should not be underrated as it creates a great alive effect and can combine all types of greenery.
We all know that the gradual increase in height is achieved by arranging plants and flowers of different heights. You can also use the help of large potted flowers and flower stands.
Even when the space is small, there is also a way to make a fascinating garden around your home.
Use decorative mulch to divide the garden from the rest of the yard and plant decorative leaf plants in the front row, continue with medium-sized evergreen shrubs and finish with larger shrubs or conifer trees.
Cordyline, Fern and other interesting flowers of lower height are planted in thick but separate rows to create an exotic landscape around the house which matches the tall palm trees in front of the house.
The regular tip for arrangement has been followed- shorter and blooming flowers in front, tallest and leafy shrubs/flowers at the back. Thus all of them get the amount of light they need.
This beautiful but not according to the standard landscaping makes the front yard the freshest spot.
It is irregular because of the plant species chosen to beautify the garden, however, we all think that creativeness has done its job very well.
This landscaping idea is striking as each bush is large and thickly planted to make a continuous greenery area.
It seems that the big tufts are layered randomly and from that, the inconsistency in height comes. Obviously, this is a chased effect that has made the garden even more attractive.
Hydrangea, cascading Petunia, Boxwood are among the rich mass flowers in this garden.
The garden is edged with decorative tiles and is covered with mulch.
Different types of stones have been arranged next to each other as a small rock garden between which green leaf plants are peeking out.
The rest of the soil is left free from stones to let the species planted become larger.
This landscaping idea stakes on shapes. Whether an evergreen shrub, a conifer tree or a blooming tuft, they have all been perfectly formed into globes or cones.
The plants are also arranged in rows by height so that each species is easily grown and distinguishable.
The variety of fabricated stones is big and nowadays we can even make such ourselves, using a pattern.
Use narrower stones to outline the garden and square as steps in front of the green part from the garden.
If you are lacking molds for artistic stones, use pavers that are easy to be found and more affordable garden edging supplies.
Gravel can be used in many ways in the garden and at all times its decorative effect is wow. This landscaping idea is located in the backyard and uses pea gravel to make fake zebra that contrasts with the ryegrass. It also matches the small corner garden where different evergreen shrubs have been planted.
The unusual city motif brought to the outdoor space of private property creates a remarkable curb appeal.
This landscaping idea doesn’t use straight lines. On the contrary, the garden has been outlined with a plastic stripe in a curved line.
Lavender, Impatiens Walleriana, palms and greenery like ornamental grass are planted in a pattern following the shape of the curved line. As they grow, they will cover more from the space and eventually, they will create a beautiful green wave.
Tropical flowers for landscaping around the house do contribute to a more calm and beachy atmosphere.
All of the species used are of different heights and combine very well together. The empty area between the Vriesias is conquered by a sword-like plant. The vertical space of the fence continues the green landscaping idea with boho planters.
Together with the intended use of paving stones, we have seen inspiring ideas for DIY fire pits. But today we see how they become a fence that forms a garden bed differentiated from the lawn.
Build a few staggered layers of paving stone and plant flowers that you most like and are suitable for the place with regards to soil and shade.
Here the paving stone has not been stained, it has been left in its natural color to create a rustic atmosphere in the garden.
It outlines a small blooming flower garden which is a seasonal treat for all senses. This landscaping idea could be used as an inspiration for small yards where space is limited but enough to grow colorful flowers.
Concrete can be laid in various shapes and this is why it has become a preferred material for making of flower pots, tabletops, fire pits and plant stands.
This landscaping idea uses straight concrete blocks to make an elevated garden around the house. They are arranged in perfectly straight lines.
The formed garden bed is then filled in with soil to accommodate the desired plants and flowers.
Climbing plants are gorgeous with their leaf and flower mass and would make great landscaping around every house.
For that purpose, the wall has to be prepared with a trellis that will support the plant as it grows up. Another option is to grow vines that naturally stick to the surfaces and don’t require special structures to support them.
You can plant different types of climbing flowers, vines or use the same species but in different colors. To fill the gaps between the bases of the plants, use bushes or ornamental grass.
What is the definition of an oasis? Well, we all know it but what about a garden oasis?
This is a heavenly beautiful garden we all admire. The fountain flows like a river because of the elevated flat stones. Each side of the “river” is decorated with blooming flowers in tufts. The porch continues the natural landscape with hanging potted plants.
Roses are the most elegant flower and combine well with almost all other plant species.
This idea for front yard landscaping around the house incorporates many white tall roses which are “guarded” by evergreen shrubs so that they remain the focus of the spot.
Small plants peek out from the ground covering the space between the green fence of boxwood and the roses.
Hydrangea flower is marked by its tall height, rich blooming tufts and rich leaf mass. Curb appeal is promised especially if the colorful tufts are outlining the front part of your house.
It is a perfect plant to edge a house as it will not only please with its beautiful blooms but will also aromatize the air.
Even after the blooming phase, the plant remains gorgeous as its leaves remain green and thickly arranged as before.
Do you have a large open area in your garden? Reduce your workload with this clever checkered pattern. It looks striking, and you’ll only have to do half of the watering and weeding.
For maximum drama, choose light-colored pavers that contrast with your flowers; it’s a great way to brighten a dark corner.
When they’re first planted, individual plants can look rather sparse in your garden. Don’t worry — with time, they’ll fill in the space for a lush look.
To make sure you don’t end up with gaps, pay close attention to the nursery’s spacing suggestions. If your plants start to crowd each other out, simply cut them back for a more manicured effect.
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If you’ve ever tried to grow climbing vines, you know that it can take several years before they cover a trellis.
Keep your garden looking great while you wait with a beautiful chevron trellis. You can build the trellis yourself, so it’s a breeze to save money on your garden structures.
In a hilly backyard, a pool can look awkward and out of place. Don’t worry; it’s a breeze to integrate the pool into the terrain using nothing more than a load of large rocks.
Simply stack the rocks to create terraces. Wrap the bottom terrace around the edge of the pool, and it’ll look like a natural extension of the hill.
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Transform a plain garden bed into a work of art with an old wheelbarrow. When it’s tipped on its side and filled with soil, the container becomes an extension of the garden bed.
As the flowers bloom, they’ll look like they’re spilling out of the wheelbarrow. This is a fantastic, environmentally friendly way to upcycle old or broken equipment.
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Does your fire pit look like an eyesore in the backyard?
With two large rocks, you can make it look like part of the landscaping. Here, the pit is recessed into the stone pavers.
To conceal the pit, the homeowner has added two large rocks with a round center cutout. This seamless design looks stunning with or without a fire.
A fence is a wonderful way to create a safe, private backyard, but it doesn’t always look attractive. Why not dress up your fence with flowers?
A simple border garden softens the planks, while stacked pavers contain the soil. For an extra pop of color and life, add hanging planters from each fence post.
Landscaping and hardscaping go hand in hand. Here, the hardscaping highlights the unique shape of a walkway. It also simplifies the landscaping — just add soil and plants for a gorgeous curved border.
Creative designs are a wonderful way to boost curb appeal and draw attention to unique parts of your home.
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When your yard is sloped, it’s challenging to maintain a garden. That’s where a retaining wall comes in; it holds in the soil, giving you a level planting surface.
This DIY retaining wall is easy to build with supplies from your local building store. In as little as one day, you can completely transform your yard.
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Are you tired of traditional garden rows? Switch things up with a layered landscape design.
This stunning yard is all about the curved line of greenery — it breaks up the space into smaller plots. High-contrast plants and flowers draw attention to the unique shapes.
If you dread getting out the lawnmower every weekend, synthetic grass could be the perfect solution. Once it’s installed, you never need to worry about watering, weeding, or mowing.
If you lead a busy lifestyle, this creative solution can free up several hours every week. Plus, it always looks lush and green, no matter what the weather.
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A raised flower bed is a showstopper — it raises the planting surface high above the lawn, drawing attention to your plants and flowers.
For extra impact, create a bed in an unexpected shape. Here, the curves contrast beautifully with the straight lines of the house.
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Garden supplies can be expensive, but there’s no need to break the bank. Simply head to the nearest river or beach, and collect a variety of rocks.
When you get home, use the rocks to line the perimeter of the bed. This simple landscaping design defines the shape and creates an attractive transition between grass and garden.
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If you are looking for easy landscaping ideas but your space is limited you can assign a small area within your front yard and plant native plants. Spice up the yard design with some creative garden bed edging and a smooth transition from the lawn to the flower bed.